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  1. vision 2020
    Why a Second Loss to Trump Would Be an Existential Crisis for DemocratsHellscape 2021.
  2. vision 2020
    The Mueller Report Looks Like a Dud. Here’s What That Means for Democrats.Trump is still a weak president. Shifting the focus of oversight away from collusion and toward corruption will make him a weaker one.
  3. the democrats
    House Democratic Establishment Declares War on DemocracyThe DCCC just announced that it will blacklist any campaign vendor that works on a primary challenge to a Democratic incumbent.
  4. vision 2020
    4 Reasons Democrats Will Have a Front-runner Soon — and 3 They Won’tMore than likely someone will eventually stroll to the nomination in 2020. But maybe not so fast and maybe not at all.
  5. voting rights
    Democrats’ Voting-Rights Push Could Begin a Third ReconstructionPartisan polarization over voting rights shows how much political power, now as in the 1860s and 1960s, depends on who participates in democracy.
  6. 2020 presidential election
    How Electable Is Bernie Sanders?It’s not clear whether Sanders is actually stronger or weaker than his Democratic rivals as a potential challenger to Trump.
  7. vision 2020
    Mike Gravel, an 88-Year-Old Dark Horse 2020 Candidate Who’s a Hit With the TeensGravel has always been unconventional, going back to his days as a high-profile Senate opponent of the Vietnam War.
  8. vision 2020
    Democrats Don’t Want to ‘Pack the Supreme Court’ — They Want to Reform ItDemocrats are open to reforms that would prevent partisan majorities from dictating policy to a divided nation by fiat. That’s not “court packing.”
  9. 2020 presidential election
    Yes, a Contested Convention Could Actually Happen in 2020It’s still not likely to happen, but a vast Democratic field and proportional delegate awards could make things interesting in Milwaukee.
  10. vision 2020
    The GOP Is Already Attacking Beto — for His White Male PrivilegeThe Texas congressman isn’t an official 2020 candidate. But Republicans are already attacking O’Rourke from the left on the airwaves in Iowa.
  11. voting rights
    House Democrats Pass Landmark Voting Rights Bill on a Party-Line VoteBack when the original Voting Rights Act passed, support and opposition were bipartisan. Now the parties have polarized on this issue too.
  12. the democrats
    Apparently, Democratic Voters Don’t Want an Anti-TrumpJoe Biden continues to lead in most 2020 polls — even though he is arguably the Democrats’ most Trump-like option.
  13. donald trump
    Trump’s Claim That Democrats Are an ‘Anti-Jewish Party’ Is AbsurdHis reaction to the Ilhan Omar controversy ignores a century of strongly pro-Democratic Jewish sentiment, which continues today.
  14. centrism
    Democrats Aren’t Cultural ‘Extremists,’ They’ve Moved With the CountryRoss Douthat is wrong: Republicans are the ones who have abandoned “cultural centrism.”
  15. the democrats
    Democratic Prosecutors Aren’t Learning From the Mistakes of Their PredecessorsIn declining to charge Stephon Clark’s killers, California attorney general Xavier Becerra is failing to learn from the mistakes of his predecessors.
  16. ilhan omar
    4 Reasons Republicans Are Keeping the Heat on Ilhan OmarOmar is a convenient target for Republicans hoping to distract attention from their own and their president’s extremism.
  17. ilhan omar
    Intelligencer Chat: The Ilhan Omar MessDebating the Merits of a Democratic Resolution Against Anti-Semitism
  18. the democrats
    Democrats Fear Investigating Don Jr. Because He’s So Relatable and Well-LikedThey have convinced themselves that investigating a trust-fund kid who kills elephants – and mocks genocides – will turn the public against them.
  19. fox news
    Of Course Democrats Shouldn’t Let Fox News Host a Primary DebateFox News isn’t a news network. It’s a propaganda outfit that abets plutocracy by fomenting racial paranoia. The DNC is right to treat it as such.
  20. ilhan omar
    Steve Scalise Delivers the GOP’s Most Cynical Ilhan Omar Rebuke YetScalise admitted to attending a white supremacist event in 2002. Now he is lecturing Americans about national security and anti-Semitism.
  21. 2020 presidential election
    Bloomberg Won’t Run for President in 2020The former New York mayor will spend his time and money on issue advocacy, while possibly backing another candidate.
  22. ilhan omar
    Ilhan Omar Has a Less Bigoted Position on Israel Than Almost All Other DemocratsMaking tone-deaf remarks about dual allegiances is bad. Supporting de facto apartheid rule in the West Bank is much, much worse.
  23. the democrats
    It’s Time for Democratic Centrists Like Me to Help, Not Fight, The LeftThose who ran the Democratic Party under the Clintons and Obama need to acknowledge it’s the left’s turn to lead.
  24. vision 2020
    As 2020 Grows Near, Democrats Could Experience Trump Reelection PanicNo matter how often Democrats tell themselves that substantive issues matter most, “electability” will haunt them in choosing a nominee.
  25. vision 2020
    Democrats Don’t Have to Choose a Path to Victory Until the Fall of 2020The idea that Democrats must decide right now which states to prioritize in 2020 misses the lesson of 2016 that tactical flexibility is essential.
  26. 2020 presidential election
    Will 2020 Democrats Help Trump by Destroying Each Other?A huge Democratic field makes damaging the eventual nominee inevitable, unless candidates agree from the get-go to keep fights under control.
  27. filibuster
    Democrats Should Trust Democracy and Resolve to Kill the FilibusterA lot of Democratic senators running for president won’t challenge the filibuster. That’s a problem for Democrats.
  28. 2020 presidential election
    The New Democratic Primary Calendar Makes Voters of Color Even More ImportantA changing calendar for 2020 means that soon after Iowa and New Hampshire very diverse states will dominate the calendar, and the contest.
  29. the media
    Tom Friedman’s Latest Column Proves That Capitalism Was a MistakeIn “Is America Becoming a Four-Party State?” Friedman shows that the free market in hot takes selects for specious arguments and overheated headlines.
  30. 2020 presidential election
    First 2020 Democratic Debate Will Be Two-Day, 20-Candidate Free-for-AllDemocrats won’t have a “kiddie table” debate or any other means of winnowing their enormous field.
  31. 2020 presidential election
    Looks Like the 2020 Democratic Presidential Field Could Be the Largest EverIn the past, very large presidential fields have produced unusual results, and more often than not, defeat.
  32. virginia
    Why Ralph Northam’s Racist Fiasco Is a Golden Opportunity for Black VotersRalph Northam is going on a listening tour. If he genuinely listens, he has a chance to be a transformative leader. Will he?
  33. 2020 presidential election
    Biden and Sanders Have a Lot of Fans in CommonThe two men may represent different poles of the Democratic Party, but in part thanks to name ID, a lot of voters like both of them.
  34. 2020 presidential election
    Joe Biden May Be the Last Hurrah for Moderate DemocratsBarring a Biden nomination, the time seems ripe for progressives to take the wheel in the Democratic Party, and for moderates to fall in line.
  35. virginia
    Virginia Scandals Cast Shadow Over Democrats’ Election HopesEven after the immediate crises pass, they may hurt Dems’ chances for shoring up state control, and even revive hopes that Trump could win the state.
  36. green new deal
    AOC’s Green New Deal Resolution Is Utopian — and PragmaticThe proposal is a left-wing wish list that includes policies unrelated to climate. That makes it legislatively nonviable — but politically sound.
  37. virginia
    Virginia’s Racist Past Is PresentRalph Northam and Mark Herring may have grown since their blackface days. But so did the black contemporaries subjected to their culture of ridicule.
  38. public opinion
    Voters Aren’t Moving Left on Taxes. Democrats Are Moving Toward Voters.Americans have always been eager to soak the rich. But public opinion doesn’t drive policy change in the U.S. — parties do.
  39. vision 2020
    The Democratic Party’s Most ‘Electable’ 2020 Candidate Isn’t RunningTammy Baldwin has proven that she can win Wisconsin by double digits — while championing single payer, gay rights, and labor.
  40. 2020 presidential election
    Kamala Harris’s 2020 Launch Creates Nice Polling BuzzThe Californian is off to a good initial start in what will be a tough 2020 contest.
  41. vision 2020
    The Democrats’ Irrational Love of the Filibuster Could Doom Their AgendaThe Senate’s supermajority requirement for all legislation is a gift to conservatism. And progressives are promising to maintain it forever.
  42. mitch mcconnell
    McConnell: Making It Easier to Vote Is UndemocraticThe GOP leader says that the Democrats’ plans to make Election Day a federal holiday is a “power grab.” There are some flaws in this argument.
  43. vision 2020
    Kamala Harris Didn’t Just Flip-Flop on Medicare for AllBut big promises about legislation Joe Manchin will never vote for mean less than pledges to aggressively exercise Executive authority.
  44. howard schultz
    Howard Schultz Wants a President Who Will Tell Billionaires Their Favorite LiesThe mogul is sick of the left’s impossible promises. Which is why he’s promising that we can reduce inequality without raising taxes on the rich.
  45. the democrats
    Advice to Reformed ‘Tough on Crime’ Democrats: Be HonestJoe Biden and Kamala Harris built their careers on crime and punishment. The reckoning should be honest rather than politically expedient.
  46. government shutdown
    The ‘Both Sides’ Brigade Is Encouraging Trump to Take More HostagesBlaming both sides for the government shutdown does not make reporters “objective”; it makes them complicit in the president’s misrule.
  47. the city politic
    Why Bill de Blasio Is Acting Like a 2020 CandidateHe’s not taking any of the steps a serious candidate would be taking. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a strategy.
  48. equal rights amendment
    Virginia Could Soon Place the Equal Rights Amendment in the U.S. ConstitutionThe Old Dominion would be the 38th state to ratify the ERA, which is enough if Congress and the courts decide to set aside a ratification deadline.
  49. government shutdown
    Guess What? Republicans Represent Federal Employees, TooThose who think of federal employees as Democrats electing Democrats to office should take a closer look at where “bureaucrats” live.
  50. 2020 elections
    The 2020 Presidential Race Is Starting to Get RealPretty soon some of the pretenders to the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination are going to be exposed — or ignored into oblivion.
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